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The De Kooning Dilemma

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Pamela J Glander (glander)
Mon, 29 Apr 1996 19:42:43 -0500


I am writing to ask art educators what they think about the
contoversy surrounding De Kooning's paintings in the late 80's. Some
critics say that alzhiemer's had turned him into an empty, mechanical shell.
Others say his work in the late 80's is a brilliant conclusion to a long
series of developments in De Kooning's style. I have a few questions for
people to ponder: Would these paintings even be considered if De Kooning
had not been the artist? Is there any worth to art that has no name
attatched? Does art define the artist or does the artist define the art?
People have paid thousands of dollars for the scraps of newspaper De Kooning
used to clean the excess paint off his brushes; are the paintings in the
late 80's anymore driven by spontaneity than these scraps?
I am researching this issue for my senior paper nad would greatly
appreciate any comments you could send. Thank you for your help!
Pam
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Pamela J.Glander
Art education Major
Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Internet: glander
or PamG108 : )
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  • Maybe reply: Donna Lyle: "Re: The De Kooning Dilemma"